Are you planning an engagement shoot?

Anyone who knows me well, (Claire here BTW!), knows I’m really, really not into PDAs. I think our wedding day will be the first time most of our friends will ever see Mark and I kiss, or even hold hands (and we’ve been together eight years).

So, when we got engaged, I was a bit reluctant about the idea of an engagement shoot.

I love the idea of having fun, cool, and candid shots of us together in our normal clothes, and capturing a time in our lives that’s so exciting, but the thing is, lots of engagement shoots are, well, a bit cheesey.

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Here at Bridal Musings, we’re so lucky to feature some of the most unique, chic, and creative engagement shoots on the planet, but, as with boudoir shoots, engagement sessions can be tough to get right.

Most photographers will have an arsenal of perfect poses up their sleeves, but for some couples, the shots turn out as a series of intense stares, awkward kisses and unflattering hugging snaps.

It’s okay to be loved-up and clichéd (you’re getting married!) but you’re not going to want to put a snap of you making out, on your save the dates!

So to ensure your shoot is relaxed, romantic and totally gorgeous, pin a few of these sweet pics to have in your bag before you get in front of the camera…

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1. A Stylish Statement

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2. Pet’s Picnic

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3. Take a Stroll

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4. Book a Booth

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5. The Subtle Ring Shot

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6. Big Smiles

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7. Keep It Real

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8. Be Cool

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9. Talk to the Hand

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10. Protective Arm

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11. Sweet Nothings

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12. Pillow Fight

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13. Lazy Day on the Couch

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14. Back To Front

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15. Chin Chin

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16. Cute Kisses

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17. On The Wall

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18. Pop a Cork

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19. Cold Weather Cuddles

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20. Snow Day

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21. Take a Twirl

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22. Fix His Tie

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23. Walk The Dogs

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24. Photobooth Fun

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25. All Scream for Ice-Cream

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So many great engagement shoot ideas, right? The one thing I noticed in every shot though, is how the couples are smiling – it makes even the most shamefully loved-up pic, really sweet!

It’s so important to be have fun and trust in your photographer during your engagement session, so it’s good to have a few ideas and some inspiration to prep in advance and help you relax.

Maybe even we’ll opt for an engagement shoot after all, even if it’s just to learn to loosen up in front of our photographers ahead of the big day – I’ll keep you posted!

Be inspired by more gorgeous Engagement Shoots.